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One Two Buckle My Shoe

Sing and Learn the Actions!


One, two,
Buckle my shoe;
Three, four,
Knock on the door;
Five, six,
Pick up sticks;
Seven, eight,
Lay them straight;
Nine, ten,
A big, fat hen!

Eleven, twelve,
Dig and delve;
Thirteen, fourteen,
Maids ' a-courting;
Fifteen, sixteen,
Maids in the kitchen;
Seventeen, eighteen,
Maids in waiting;
Nineteen, twenty,
My plate 's empty!

It is cool to rap this rhyme
so join with me and keep in time.




  • Feel the beat! Play a drum, bucket, pot or pan and play along with the beat of the song. Feel the steady pulse or the heartbeat of the song.
  • Play the song again chant and play along.


  • With a partner have turns miming a scene from the song and see if they can guess which scene you have chosen?


  • Count forwards to twenty and then backwards from 20. Ask what comes before and what comes after questions? e.g. What comes after 12? 13 What comes before 19? 18


  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning "Do it, see it and hear it!"

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  • Read the song lyrics - ask children a variety of questions.
  • Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
  • Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. " " ! ? . ,
  • Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
  • Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
  • Word study - phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

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